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Internal and external forces continue to impact the practice of critical care medicine. Contracting for purchase of hospital services will soon be guided by the presence or absence of specific hospital attributes, including computerized physician order entry, evidence-based hospital referral, and...
Mechanical circulatory support for low cardiac output after cariac surgery was first attempted in 1962. Since then, many ventricular assist devices have been developed and employed. The following is a discussion of the history, demographics, inications, and devices used for mechanical circulatory...